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Product Details

  • Paperback: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (August 31, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345463285
  • ISBN-13: 978-1863255738
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,041,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cruz and Robinovitz, the effusive authors of How To Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less, now offer a combination of a self-help guide for 20-something, Cosmo-guzzling women and an ode to their own oh-so-fabulous lives. According to the authors, the road to divahood can be arduous, but following their advice will help guide the way (or at least ensure that readers are wearing the right clothes while they make their attempt). The book has chapters on building a "fashionista closet," becoming a smart shopper and using make-up wisely, and brings readers up to speed on chic cocktail conversation (for example, any fashionista worth her salt knows how to talk the talk when it comes to A-list destinations, Pedro Almodóvar’s oeuvre and the lessons of kabbalah). For readers who don’t have the patience to sit through a chick-lit novel but want to read something besides Page Six and Harper’s Bazaar, this completely frivolous handbook may be just the thing.
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“Stylish, sophisticated, and sharper than a four-inch Louboutin stiletto . . . As always, Melissa and Karen hit it perfectly.”
–LAUREN WEISBERGER, author of The Devil Wears Prada

“3 F’s . . . Fun, Fashion, and Feminine . . . an easy read and a permanent smile.”
–DIANE VON FURSTENBERG, designer

“Imagine a book that tells you not only what designers to wear, but how to pronounce them! Not only what time to arrive, but what to do once you get there! This is an indispensable guide to worshiping at the throne of fashion and fabulousness. J’adore it!”
–MICHAEL MUSTO, The Village Voice


More About the Author

Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, Angels on Sunset Boulevard, Girl Stays in the Picture, and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat's Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas, and the Witches of East End series.

She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney's, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).

She lives in Los Angeles and Palm Springs with her husband and daughter.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
If you're serious about getting fashion or wardrobe pointers - look elsewhere. Melissa de la Cruz and Karen Robinovitz are two wicked gals - wicked senses of humor and wicked (sometimes wacky) ways to get what they want. (Melissa, Karen, that's a compliment!) They've penned a fun and funny look at women who are obsessed with the latest and the best in dress and accessories. It's a light look at the luxe, and thoroughly entertaining reading.

Who can resist chapter titles such as "Makeup, Not War: Beauty Skin Deep? Ha!" or "Cocktail Fodder: What To Read, Watch, See, and Do to Chic-up Your Schtick!"? The authors have developed a patter that's both pleasing and unputdownable.

Opening pages tell us perhaps more than we wanted to know about Melissa and Karen's moms. Maybe it's their way of explaining how they turned out to be forever fashionistas. The authors are sometimes battle scarred (when the look they longed for turns out to be lowless), but they're always unbowed, pointing their four-inch heels toward the next scene to be seen at.

Now, while some of their suggestions (such as cutting holes in T-shirts to make them into trendy tops) seem pretty outre to this writer, many work and are helpful. One suggestion was to invest in one really, really good piece, such as a handbag, and then not worry about the rest of your outfit being designer duds. It works! I've tried it, and eyes always focus on that Prada bag rather than my Target skirt.

The authors are different in appearance, although mated on most viewpoints. As one soon learns, "Karen is the type of fashionista who thrives on "event" clothing. `If it doesn't scream `Look at me!' then I don't want it,' she has said.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A reader on October 7, 2004
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These fashionistas elicit a response that is "Oh ! ??" not Jackie O! Anyone who reads this book in the hope of cultivating an individualized sense of style will not find much helpful information.

The book is amusingly written; the authors eloquently describe the adrenaline high of finding a jazzy item. But the text and photos do not convey that the individual items they rave about fit into any coherent style. In fact several outfits pictured in the book look very amateurish and the T-shirt slashing gimmicks come across like a rainy-day project for 8th grade girls.

The photos (and descriptions) of the girls' mothers, however, tell a different story. These ladies really seem to have an eye for glamour! I wish that the two moms had written a book on style.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By leah hannah on October 13, 2004
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Fun, sassy and informative-Smart and clever-for any woman interested in fashion-this is the book to get. Well written with humor and knowledge-you learn how to not make fashion mistakes while at the same time have fun with the whole idea. A clever must read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Hamden on September 3, 2005
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Unless you intend to take this book seriously, you'll have fun from the first page to the last. It's sinfully gossipy, very chick bonding kind of vibe, if you're the type of gal who loves shopping... It's unapologetically shallow....Just the very thing to read if you want to escape from life for a while...Do not expect much and you will not be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Pettit on December 22, 2010
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I have loved this book from the moment I bought it when I was a high school girl! I carried it around in my purse to read, and you can tell that I've read it many times, it is a thoroughly beaten book. I've used their advice from time to time, such as when I was deciding on my senior portrait picture and just had no idea which outfit I should wear; to when I got a horrible sweater for Christmas and used one of their clothing ideas to make it closer to something I'd wear. Their stories made me laugh, and also were good lessons on how I should be careful with my love of fashion. These two are witty and just seem like someone I could stand to get a mani-pedi with. They taught me the confidence in my love of fashion, when someone would ask why I was wearing that, it would roll off; when people told me I was crazy for wearing such high heels, it didn't matter. If you love light-hearted fun and fashion, it's this! J'adore!
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By Tempost on December 31, 2004
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As the title suggests, this book is for fashionistas. It is not going to teach you how to better coordinate your wardrobe or develop your own personal style. If you're a fashionista, that is already second nature to you. If you want to have good, campy fun with designer clothing and better walk the walk and talk the talk of the fashion-obsessed, then you have hit on a goldmine. It's light-hearted and fun, full of good girlfriend-type tips about buying jeans and getting a bikini wax - stuff that Vogue doesn't tell you - that will enhance your fashionista-ness.

You can love fashion and you can LIVE fashion. Fashionistas are the latter ilk. If you can't tell the difference between a Choo and a Lou at 100 paces, then this book isn't for you.
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By K. Willis on March 26, 2010
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I really enjoyed this read. It's got some good advice, but mostly, for me, it was just a fun, fun read. I am into the four-inch heels, myself, so it was a fantastic read. I'd recomemnd it to friends.
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A Kid's Review on March 10, 2007
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These two witty young ladies make fashion fabulously fun for all of us fashionistas out there. A fabulous read!!! It's ironic AND postmodern!
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